The Rough Patch by Brian LiesThe Rough Patch by Brian Lies

The Rough Patch

byBrian LiesIllustratorBrian Lies

Hardcover | August 14, 2018

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A breathtakingly beautiful and luminescent book about loss and grief, love and hope, and the healing power of friendship and nature, from New York Times–bestselling picture book creator Brian Lies.

Readers of Cynthia Rylant’s classic Dog Heaven, the Fan Brothers’ The Night Gardener, and anyone experiencing loss will be swept up by this poignant story.

Evan and his dog do everything together, from eating ice cream to caring for their award-winning garden, which grows big and beautiful. One day the unthinkable happens: Evan’s dog dies. Heartbroken, Evan destroys the garden and everything in it. The ground becomes overgrown with prickles and thorns, and Evan embraces the chaos.

But beauty grows in the darkest of places, and when a twisting vine turns into an immense pumpkin, Evan is drawn out of his misery and back to the county fair, where friendships—old and new—await.

New York Times–bestselling author-illustrator Brian Lies has created a beautiful, accessible, and deeply personal story about friendship, loss, and recovery. The Rough Patch features stunning paintings by the award-winning creator of Bats at the Beach.

Brian Lies is an author and illustrator. He was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1963. Brian studied Psychology and British and American Literature at Brown University. After graduating from college he moved to Boston to study drawing and painting at the Boston Museum School (also known as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)...
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Title:The Rough PatchFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 9.25 × 11.25 × 0.25 inPublished:August 14, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062671278

ISBN - 13:9780062671271

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“Grief is the watchword—though it’s never stated—in The Rough Patch, a weepy and wonderful picture book by Brian Lies. ...As Evan’s sorrow turns to rage and then destruction, the reader watches with distress and then with rising hope as the garden, with time, offers the grief-stricken fox a way back to happiness.”